Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (13:11): My constituency question is for the Minister for Local Government and relates to council-operated animal pounds and shelters. In Victoria many animal welfare matters fall under the management and control of local government. While many believe that companion animals receive greater legal protections than other animals, this may not always be the case. It appears that many councils, including some in western Victoria, either do not have the capacity to run a pound or have failed to be compliant with regulations, meaning that dogs are frequently picked up by the RSPCA. The management and care of impounded companion animals is essential. However, inadequate resourcing and long-term planning means that some councils are presiding over poor practices. My question is: can the minister outline what measures the government is taking in ensuring that all western Victorian councils have the resources to comply with animal welfare standards, in particular when dealing with impounded companion animals?